So, I got looking online a lot today to try and learn some of the language, culture and information as well as the different sites to see on my preparation days or "P-days" while in Brazil. P-days are usually on Mondays and are the one day out of the week that I will not be proselyting. It is reserved for a companionship of elders to go grocery shopping, site-seeing, writing letters home, and doing laundry-- in addition to all the other things that may need to be done that had been put off during the previous week's work.
Somehow in my search I came across a couple of videos that highlight the many major cities in Brazil that are sure to receive tourism during the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup that is currently underway as well as during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This is one of the videos that I found that talks about Fortaleza and the sites and people there. If anything, these videos are just making me more and more excited to go to Brazil!
In addition to searching for interesting and informational videos today, I found out that I co-worker of mine who grew up in Rhode Island actually took four years of Portuguese. When I walked into work he hadn't been told about where I would be serving. Some time passed and he asked me if I was excited about getting my call and I told him that I had received it and had been assigned to serve in Brazil. He instantly perked up and became quite excited. I think that my news had made him quite jealous! Come to find out, Rhode Island has a huge population of Brazilians and so it was part of the high school curriculum to learn Portuguese. He said that he may still have some Portuguese grammar books from when he was in high school that he would be more than willing to let me have. I am so excited to get a jump start on this adventure and so many wonderful tender mercies of the Lord have been manifest so that I will be better prepared for the upcoming two years. I know that Fortaleza is the exact mission for me and that none other could possibly teach me as much as this one will. The people of Fortaleza are the people that I need to meet and the people that the Lord has prepared me to serve. This is the will of God and He has laid these stepping stones in my path so that I will be able to successfully do His work.
“The Lord's tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ.” -Elder Bednarhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B4El4B9LVw&feature=share